I was thinking about Martin Luther King Jr. last night and marveling at how some people are so much bigger than their bodies. MLK left an impenetrable message that is as relevant today as it was in the 60’s. In fact, with a racist president at the helm, who yesterday said to reporters, “I am not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, I can tell you that,” one might sadly say, equally relevant now.
Infinite gratitude to a man who walked the walk and worked everyday for the rights of all. As much progress as we’ve made, it feels lately like we are walking backward into the dark.
I’m endlessly fascinated by what makes one person unable to hold a job, and another able to hold the attention of a nation (I have no answers, just the question). Martin Luther King was was bigger than his body, a man who was able to create change, mold beliefs, and transform a country. His words are so important, we can call them up from memory, and do, routinely. His dream, a dream that seems to go in and out of focus, has become a historical touchpoint.
Mr. King, thank you for bringing us as far as you did. I wish you weren’t taken so soon, sadly, we still have miles to go.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
‘I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
‘I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
‘I have a dream today!”
Dennis Leary said something about racism that’s important to consider:
“Racism isn’t born folks. It’s taught. I have a two year old son. Know what he hates? Naps. End of list.”
Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
As we spend the day tomorrow celebrating a holiday that revolves around being grateful, I say, let’s also take a moment to think about those who have less to be thankful for, about those who feel unempowered at the most basic level, about how you just don’t know what it’s like to be black if you’re living a life of lily fucking white privilege. And when I say privilege, what I really mean, is a life where you are given the benefit of the doubt at every turn.
As Stevie Wonder sings it, love’s in need of love today. Send it in, guys.